VeloCity said:I think the Leafs are for real this year. I may be biased.
Edmonton is a big surprise so far - only 2 losses in 11 games. Some talented kids up there, but who'd have thought Khabibulin would be goalie of the month? Overall, still think the Caps are going to be the team to beat, even if Ovechkin still can't get it going. Also depends on how Vokoun plays. Might be time to start considering trading Semin - all he can do is score and he's not doing that.
Also still think Vancouver will be the team to beat in the west, but they have to make a decision about Luongo soon - I think they've lost all confidence in him and anyway he might be better off getting a fresh start elsewhere, maybe in a market where there's less pressure. But moving that contract is going to be a problem.
Biggest surprise to me though is how many good teams are off to mediocre-to-bad starts - Boston, Montreal, Nashville, Detroit, Vancouver, San Jose.
Khabibulin must be getting near the end of his contract - that guy is dynamite whenever he's looking for a contract and just awful in the first couple of years of new contracts.
Semin - you forgot a couple of other things he's good at: floating, whining, and disrupting a dressing room through his selfish attitude!
Luongo - I really hope this guy comes through and shuts up all those Canucks fans who cry for his head. This guy is an amazing talent. Not sure about his mental strength, but man is ever something when he's on his game.
Edmonton is going to be one of those teams you can't take your eyes off when those kids have 2-3 more years experience.
As much as I love to hate the Leafs, they are becoming pretty fun to watch.